May 17, 2019 2:04 pm
Updated: May 17, 2019 9:53 pm

Edmonton bus driver praised for helping elderly passenger with groceries

WATCH: An Edmonton Transit driver who stopped to help an elderly passenger with her groceries is surprised by how much response his actions are garnering.


Fellow passengers are describing it as the best 10 minutes they’ve ever spent waiting for a bus.

On Thursday evening, an Edmonton Transit bus driver helped an elderly woman carry her bags of groceries from the bus to her home.

“It’s a usual passenger, a patron, an older lady, doesn’t get around too well,” ETS driver Chad Makar said. “She just usually asks for a little bit of extra help and so I thought, ‘OK, I’ll do so.’

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“She had a couple bags of groceries, so I just offered — you know, good will gesture — to take her groceries.

“I didn’t realize her house was just a few yards away. I offered, she was like, ‘great,’ and I just took them up to her doorstep and that’s about it.”

Makar has been a bus driver for about six years but he’s only been on Route 51 for the last few weeks.

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Photos of the kind act were shared on Twitter, showing the driver walking alongside the woman — groceries in each hand — and then jogging back to the bus.

The person who posted the photos said it was “the best 10 minutes I ever waited for the bus.”

Others commented on the post, praising the driver for his actions and calling him a “Good Samaritan.”

As of noon on Friday, it had been retweeted 255 times and “liked” 1,197 times.

“Little did I know someone was posting this on social media,” Makar said. “I had no clue.

“It feels pretty good I guess,” he added, when asked about the response. “I didn’t really expect all the notoriety of it all. It’s just… she’s an older lady and I respect the older generations. They made the country great, what it is today.”

Makar said helping passengers with their bags is not traditionally part of an ETS driver’s job.

“No. I guess that’s going over and above. Hopefully, it’s not frowned upon. It doesn’t seem to be.”

He said he’d be “more than pleased” to help this woman again.

“That’s a win-win all the way around, for sure. I don’t know if other people would do it, but if they do, that’s great because it’s appreciated, obviously.

“It’s a lot of negative stories out there,” Makar said. “Sometimes, a small gesture like this is good to… give some people some hope out there that there is some good gestures still being done in society.”

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